Lab Manager

Nuffield College - Centre for Experimental Social Sciences

The Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) seeks to appoint a Lab Manager to manage the operations of the CESS laboratory based in Nuffield College, Oxford. CESS offers a fully networked computer lab that is used by a wide range of social scientists to run experiments for research in politics, economics and management amongst other disciplines. Duties of the Lab Manager include managing the subject pool, advising researchers on relevant programming, and promoting the lab and experimental social sciences in Oxford and beyond. The post would be ideal for individuals with a strong technical background trained in computer science or social science.  A familiarity with experimental methods is desirable although not necessary.

Candidates should hold a Master's degree in a relevant Social Science discipline (e.g. Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology) or Computing Science.

The Lab Manager will have experience of programming in at least one programming language (e.g., C, C++, Ruby, Java) and of working with SQL databases.  She or he will have a good knowledge of networks, servers, and clients and will be familiar with software for recruiting and managing subject pools, such as ORSEE or HROOT. The Lab Manager will have experience of statistical analysis software (such as R and Stata), and will be able to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, and organizational and time-management skills, together with the ability to work effectively as part of a small team and with a diverse range of people. Experience of conducting social science lab experiments and programming in commonly used experimental environments such as z-Tree and oTree, of managing and analyzing experimental data, and of working with basic web technologies, such as HTML and CSS, as well as more complex technologies such as JavaScript and PHP, would be an advantage.

The post is fixed-term for two years in the first instance. There will be an initial probationary period of six months.

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Applications consisting of a two-page description of the applicant’s research training, experience and motivation and how these meet the requirements of the position, and a CV including the names and e-mail addresses of two academic referees, together with a Recruitment Monitoring Form, should be sent to or to the Human Resources Department, Nuffield College, New Road, Oxford OX1 1NF.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 5 January 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates may be invited for interview in advance of the closing date.

If a candidate is invited to an interview before the closing date, we may contact referees directly before the deadline.

Nuffield College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, from disabled people, and from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.

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